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arriving this morning in tel aviv greeted by israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and israel president perez. this marks mr. obama's very first trip to israel since becoming president. nbc's chuck todd is traveling with the president and he has this report. >> reporter: the president started his day in israel with the tour of the iron dome, which is the missile defense system that the u.s. government has actually funded a large part of. >> united states of america stands with the state of israel because it is within our fundamental national security interest to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both more prosperous, and it makes the world a better place. >> reporter: the president's day is going to be heavy with meetings of israeli officials, the president, perez, prime minister netanyahu. the two of them will have a joint press conference where no doubt the lead topic news of the day in the region has to do with syria and chemical weapons. have they been used and who used them. israeli government officials confirming chemical weapons have been used. they are no
is that? given all of the publicity around the more tenuous relationship between benjamin netanyahu, the prime minister, and this president. it seems to me that they each were echoing, you know, tremendous friendship and warmth between them. >> well, i think you have to look at a visit like this as having two parts. one part focuses on what are the very hard, practical issues and realities that have to be confronted? and having in a sense more understanding about how you're going to proceed to deal with those issues. whether it's iran, whether it's syria, which is going to be, i think, a more immediate challenge than people had thought. whether it's the arab awakening, whether it's the palestinians. on one level, there is this very hard headed practical approach where you try to come to understandings. at another level, there's the whole question of what's the emotional connection? what is the kind of psychological bond or links that exist. because when you make decisions, obviously they take place in a context. i think what you're seeing right now, both in what the two men said but
. speakingwe can go to -- directly after benjamin netanyahu. i feel we can go to mike. warm, friendly words between the two. one of the things obama was trying to overcome, the idea there was a strained relationship between the u.s. and israel. but indeed, yes. the third thing president obama said when he walked off the plane, it is a lovely day. and then hugs for benjamin netanyahu, shimon peres, setting the terms for a visit largely about repairing what has been a somewhat fractious relationship, certainly in obama's first term. the point of the visit largely to repair the relationship, create a better working conditions the to the two leaders. we heard and president obama's speech from a very important statement, saying he recognizes israel as the historic homeland of the jewish people. the cigna dickens is the american president recognizing pre-holocaust, giving absolute confirmation of israel's right to exist and also the historical basis on which the state of israel does exist. a very important statement from president obama, once again, setting the tone for what he hopes and what his
>> live from dw here in berlin, this is the "journal." >> barack obama and benjamin netanyahu reaffirm u.s.-israeli ties and stress a common stance against iran. >> bailout crisis meetings continue in cyprus as the central bank announces the banks will remain shut until next week. >> and from berlin to the himalayan kingdom of bhutan, we asked what makes people smile on the international day of happiness. it is a visit heavier on symbolism than on substance. president barack obama is in israel right now, where he has promised america's enduring support for the jewish state. he also stressed the need for peace. >> but obama is not expected to provide new initiatives or policy moves in the area of the middle east peace process, which is secondary to israeli leaders when compared to the possibility of a nuclear iran. president obama and prime minister netanyahu have given a press conference. we will talk to our jerusalem correspondent about that in a moment. >> but first, the israeli president said that president barack obama has a vision that can transform the middle east. the p
with talks with benjamin netanyahu just before noon eastern time. >>> white house officials are investigating reports that the assad regime used chemical weapons. the president long ago warned syria that's a red line that should not be crossed. chief of staff told cnn yesterday that if those weapons have been deployed, game changer and the u.s. will act accordingly. >>> south korea investigating a suspected cyber attack that left computer networks at several banks and media outlets paralyzed this morning. three major broadcasters and two banks reportedly have been affected. its no the clear if the attacks originated in north korea or somewhere else. >>> former south carolina governor mark sanford reviving his political career after a dramatic fall from grace. he finished first in a special election for a seat in the house last night. he now advances to a runoff election in two weeks. if he wins that contest, he'll square off in may against democrat elizabeth colbert-bush. >> new video into cnn this morning. it took rescuers in new york city four hours to free a man who became trapped 75 feet
is the congress at the airport. he was greeted by prime minister benjamin netanyahu. he said he wanted to make clear he stance with israel. >> it is with our fundamental national security interest be it makes us both more prosperous and it makes the world a better place. >> well at the airport press also looked at a missile battery. it was largely funned by the united states. >>> marines were killed at a memorial. the an official with the veterans of war said an 8th marine has died. a 60 round explosion was let go and caused this problem. it will not include an assault weapons ban. senate will debate next month because it does not have the vets to pass. this is a personal one for her. this happened after she and harvey milk were shot to death amount it is aimed to help schools and dry up the supply of sheets over time... >> they suffered a similar disappointment when congress allowed the ban to expire the bill to still be introduced. >>> it happened just before 8:00 last night near a middle cool. somebody in an suv drove by and shot him. he was rushed to the hospital heater and police a this i
in the region. >> that's right. the president is in israel for meetings with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. accusations by the syrian government and rebels of a chemical weapons attack have now raised new concerns. >> important to note there is no verification that either side used chemical weapons, but a u.s. lawmaker says there is in his words a high probability that the government did or is about to. >> we need that final verification, but given everything we know over the last year and a half i mike rogers intelligence chairman was under the conclusion that they were either positioned for use and ready to do that or in fact have been used. >> now, of course israel concerned about the war in syria just across the northeastern border. and these latest claims may increase pressure on the u.s. to perhaps get more involved in some way or another. >> for the latest on this situation in syria and president obama's middle east trip overall we have live reports now from john king in jerusalem and ivan watson in jordan. >> let's start with those accusations of chemical warfare in syria yet to be
: president barack obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu have focused on israel. shortly after arriving president barack obama toured a missile which was largely funned by the u.s. it is credited with intercepting more than 400 rockets. now they are shifting to the nuclear program and president barack obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu are disagreeing on how close iran is to making a nuclear bomb. but the president's quick speech sent a message to iran about the relationship between israel and u.s. >> we have for the past 65 years united states is proud to stand with you assets greatest ally and its friend. >> reporter: they do not expect agreements to come out of his trip but we will talk more about what is at stake on this trip when i see you next, kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> time now 4:14, a teen in ohio has been sentenced to life in prison for a school shooting rampage that caused three deaths. tj lane appeared in court and when he came to court he wore a t-shirt which said killer and he smirked at the teens' parents who were killed as they read their em
, benjamin netanyahu, who just sweeped by in an election, recently, without a coalition. so there could be some tension there and clearly some messages that need to be cleared up, specifically when it comes to, perhaps, iran, and when or where the red line on iranian nuclear enrichment might be drawn. i want to bring in our sara sidner, senior international correspondent, who's live in jerusalem, as we look at some of these pictures. sara, that is a big question. we talked off the top with jessica yellin about the syrian potential for chemical weapons, and to iran now, this deadline that had been imposed, i believe it was spring. i believe it may have been now pushed to summer or fall. what exactly is this deadline? how much pressure is the president going to be hearing about this deadline when it comes to iran? where does it stand? >> reporter: well, let's talk about what you just heard there. because you just heard two pretty different statements. yes, they said, we're friends. yes, they said that israel and the united states are going to be working together, closely, biggest allies,
-terrorism unit and he served as the chief of staff for benjamin netanyahu from 2006-2008. but now he's a global phenomenon. gracing front pages around the world, the "jerusalem post" called him the man of the moment. the new yorker ran a very lengthy profile. in the uk the headline read, naftali bennett, set to be the powerbroker. he pushes netanyahu rightward. we asked if he was worried about the relationship between israel and the united states of america. >> well, erin, i think it's okay for friends to disagree on some things. i'll tell you what i saw was a great relationship between our two countries, the bonds between america and israel go way beyond president obama and prime minister netanyahu. started long before and will continue long after. but the president has been very warm towards the israeli people and we certainly appreciate it. >> now the president of the united states and the prime minister did not really come off fully on the same page on iran. just one way of putting this when the prime minister approached the podium, he talked about iran first. president obama mentioned it l
benjamin netanyahu it will happen in jerusalem. the president is on his first trip to israel as commander in chief. he arrived there this morning, 6:12 eastern time, just after noon in tel aviv. i want to turn things over to wolf blitzer in washington to get us to that news conference. it should begin at any moment, wolf. >> it is a very important news conference, don. they'll be taking questions from reporters, but opening up with formal statements. let's go to jerusalem right now. jessica yellin is standing by. john king is standing by. john, first to you, give us a little sense of what has happened so far in the hours since the president arrived. >> wolf in the hours since he's arrived we have seen the optics that both governments want. that's a friendly, happy, upbeat reception. people talking washington, people talk here in jerusalem, across israel, about the frosty personal relationship between president obama, and president netanyahu. you would have no hint of that from watching the last few hours unfurl. air force one landed in tel aviv. a big celebration, even a joke from the pri
. as soon as he stepped off air force one, he was greeted not just by peres but also benjamin netanyahu. don't exactly have a warm relationship, but here he is, the live picture with peres. and you see all the school children waiting american and israeli flags and we are told in a little while, oh, there he is shaking hands, greeting them from pretty excited kids. the kids will be singing a very familiar song tomorrow in english, arabic and hebrew. we expect to hear the president also, as well. he spoke earlier today about the special relationship between the united states and israel. and as they do a photo-op, here's what the president said a little while ago. >> i see this visit as an opportunity. to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations to reinstate america's unwavering commitment to israel's security and to speak directly to the people of israel and to your neighbors. >> in an unstable and uncertain middle east, the need for our alliance is greater than ever. it's the key to thwarting dangers to advancing peace. it's the key to achieve a stable and secure peace that the presi
with israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu. even if they put on a united front in public, as here in washington last year. >> they have fundamentally different views of how to advance peace in the area. the president started off by pressuring israel to make concessions, and israel, understandably, resisted and resented, and it has been like that for the last four years, unfortunately. >> israel looks to the u.s. to safeguard its very existence. republicans are quick to point out that while obama visited egypt during his first term, he never went to israel. they accuse the president of pandering more to the muslim world than to washington's key ally, but not all analysts agree. emma this administration has been a very close ally in terms of security cooperation, as well as strategic dialogue. the israelis and americans are very closely coordinated on important issues, although there are disagreements. >> obama will seek to resolve the peace process between israelis and palestinians during his visit, but back home in washington, very few people are expecting a breakthrough anytime s
public that although president obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu hasn't had necessarily the coziest of relationships, that the two countries are still aligned to one another. in fact, the israeli embassy in washington released this video that we're about to show you to just show the connection between the two countries. >> warmly welcome president obama to israel. to express our appreciation for what he has done for us. >> the bond between the united states and israel are unbreakable. and the commitment of the united states to the security of israel is ironclad. ♪ thank you for being a friend ♪ traveled down the road >> reporter: so obviously president obama and prime minister netanyahu may not have had the coziest of relationships, but the two countries are reaffirming their alliance to one another, especially in the next couple of days. richard? >> that video reminding us of jibjab perhaps. thank you. >>> the pentagon is launching an investigation into the safety of mortars following an explosion monday night on a base in nevada. this morning the military confirmed
. there will be a series of meetings, including some time for the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu. it will focus on the conflict in syria. also iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. there's expected to be very little progress made on the israeli/palestinian peace process. one of the first things the president will do when he gets here is inspect the iron dome battery system. as you can see right there. this is the defense shield that was so successful only in november of last year as israel was able to defend itself against incoming rocket fire from gaza. the u.s. spent $6 million over three years on the system. it is expected to reaffirm its commitment to israel and the iron dome program. >> thanks so much for that. the pentagon is launching an investigation into the safety of tars following an explosion monday night on a base in nevada. this morning the military confirms eight marines have died and six injured. >> reporter: this evening veterans and civilians alike joined together at a memorial service to honor the soldiers lost and those wounded in an explosion during a training exercise on mond
in a tree-planting ceremony. then later today, president obama will meet with benjamin netanyahu. coming up at 7:15, the hot topics on the meets with the israeli leaders. >>> well, now we're less than a week away from the day the u.s. supreme court will hear oral arguments on proposition 8. next tuesday the court will hear arguments before or against prop 8 along with another same-sex marriage case. the challenge to the federal defensive marriage act. yesterday, the court said it would release same-day audio if the arguments are presented. the court's statement did not mention television coverage which legal experts probably means it will not be allowed. >>> a bay area consumer group warning about potential hidden fees with oakland's municipal i.d. card. the city created these i.d. cards in part for undocument emergencied immigrants. a debit function was -- undocumented immigrants. a debit function was put in place. there's hidden fees. there are fees for enrolling and and another fee for every time it's used. >>> b.a.r.t. is dealing with a big bird problem. it's expected to cost the transi
the united states. >> the president is meeting with benjamin netanyahu at his residence for dinner. the focus on israeli -- the focus is on israeli peace, the nuclear program and the civil war in syria. over the next two days, he will be making stops in the west bank and jordan. >>> the recommendations of a year-long study to improve oakland schools, we've just learned that the commission was study and the recommendations include moving up the date when teachers are hired. the report says delays often allow candidates to find jobs in other districts. the study also recommends simplifying teacher evaluations. teacher say teacher ratings are too confusing. the group advises lengthening the work day the teachers. the official work day up to seven hours is among the shortest in california. >>> conflicting reports about how many marines were killed during a military training accident on monday in nevada. yesterday, a memorial was held for the victims. the veterans of foreign affairs says an eighth marine has died. but a u.s. marine spokesman says the death toll is still at seven. a 60 million-mete
-planting ceremony. then later today, president obama will meet with benjamin netanyahu. coming up at 7:15, the hot topics on the meets with the israeli leaders. >>> well, now we're less than a week away from the day the u.s. supreme court will hear oral arguments on proposition 8. next tuesday the court will hear arguments before or against prop 8 along with another same-sex marriage case. the challenge to the federal defensive marriage act. yesterday, the court said it would release same-day audio if the arguments are presented. the court's statement did not mention television coverage which legal experts probably means it will not be allowed. >>> a bay area consumer group warning about potential hidden fees with oakland's municipal i.d. card. the city created these i.d. cards in part for undocument emergencied immigrants. a debit function was -- undocumented immigrants. a debit function was put in place. there's hidden fees. there are fees for enrolling and and another fee for every time it's used. >>> b.a.r.t. is dealing with a big bird problem.
friend than the united states. >> the president is meeting with benjamin netanyahu at his residence for dinner. the focus on israeli -- the focus is on israeli peace, the nuclear program and the civil war in syria. over the next two days, he will be making stops in the west bank and jordan. >>> the recommendations of a year-long study to improve oakland schools, we've just learned that the commission was study and the recommendations include moving up the date when teachers are hired. the report says delays often allow candidates to find jobs in other districts. the study also recommends simplifying teacher evaluations. teacher say teacher ratings are too confusing. the group advises lengthening the work day of the teachers. the official work day up to seven hours is among the shortest in california. >>> conflicting reports about how many marines were killed during a military training accident on monday in nevada. yesterday, a memorial was held for the victims. the veterans of foreign affairs says an eighth marine has died. but a u.s. marine spoke
. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says he believes that president obama is determined to keep iran from developing nuclear weapo weapons. he reiterated israel's determination to take military action necessary. the two leaders discussed reports about the use of chemical weapons in syria. crossing of president obama's red line. we have fox team coverage tonight. rosen looks at the iran issue but we begin with ed henry in jerusalem with worries over the deadly action in neighboring syria. hello, ed. >> reporter: good evening, bret. most significant with the president's strong tone throwing out the possibility of military action. he has issued the warpings before. >> talking tough in the first public comments that chemical weapons have been used in syria, president obama said the regime in damascus will be held accountable. >> when you start seeing weapons that can cause potential devastation and mass casualties, and you let that genie out of the bottle, then you are looking potentially at even more horrific scenes than we have already seen in syria. international community has to act
president obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu hold a historic news conference in jerusalem. there are lots of conflicting reports today about a possible chemical weapons attack in syria and we are told that will be one of the top issues that we'll hear about right here in the next 50 minutes. and welcome to "america live," i'm megyn kelly. right now, president obama and the israeli prime minister are meeting behind closed doors. we expect to hear them both within the hour. the president's trip comes at a dangerous time for the jewish state and the entire region. to israel's west, questions about the muslim brotherhood and political stability in egypt. and to the east, syria, in the grips of an allout civil war and just 24 hours ago we received reports that chemical weapons may have been used against one side or the other. and of course, there is the constant threat from iran which president obama himself warned could be less than a f having a nuclear weapon. so as we await this historical-making news conference we want to check in with our own leland vittert live with the h
with benjamin netanyahu. following a would closed-door meeting between those two leaders. as the assad regime and syrian rebels accuse each other of launching deadly chemical and launching a deadly chemical attack just hours before the president's arrival. the white house at this point says it cannot con official those claims. this trip to israel is the first for the president. this is a four-day middle east trip. he was greeted by netanyahu and israeli president perez. before leaving the a airport, president obama was shown the israeli air force system which the u.s. helped pay for. he met with president perez and took part in a ceremonial tree planting. >> there is a common vision uniting us. to confirm dangers. to bring closure as soon as possible. >> i reaffirm president perez, as i will throughout my visit, that in this work, the state of israel will have no greater friend than the united states. right now as president meets with prime minister netanyahu, major issues, like syria, iran's nuclear program, stalled peace talks. ish a us taking center stage and joining me live now from jerus
in jerusalem this afternoon. he spoke alongside benjamin netanyahu. just a day after both the syrian regime and the syrian rebels accused each other of deploying chemical weapons. now, so far u.s. officials say they have no evidence that those accusations are true on either side. but president obama says he is deeply skeptical that of any claim that the opposition rebels used chemical weapons at all. he did not say the same of the syrian regime. we have team fox cor-j tonight. first our chief white house correspondent ed henry who is traveling with the president in israel. it was notable today that the president seemed to walk right up to the line of threatening military action. >> shep, he certainly did, because the stakes are enormous tonight. all the way there in new york where you are. the u.n. security council tonight behind closed doors, ambassadors from around the world, went behind closed doors to discuss the syrian chemical weapons situation. as you noted, it also dominated here in jerusalem. the press conference the president had with the israeli prime minister. he made very clear
thing benjamin netanyahu said and the first question the president got. first was about iran and the first question the president got was about syria. these are two big looming questions, especially for israel, which they see, it seems, as a more immediate problem than often the u.s. has indicated. >> warner: i think with prime minister netanyahi and the president acknowledged that, it's almost-- i mean, it's much more in the neighborhood of iran. let's take iran first. but that it's really because of israel's less-developed military capabilities that if military action needs to be taken and the prime minister made clear today israel is not going to subcontract its security out to anyone, that it has a shorter window to act. that said, they also actually have a difference on when the point will come at which iran will be so far along with the number of cent rifortunatelies it has and enriched uranium, no one can stop it from getting a nuclear weapon. a moment will come in which iran can say we're leave the i.a.e.a., close the doors, and it would take three weeks. one, yes, th
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washington nationals could come to -- bet -- prime minister benjamin netanyahu said president barack obama is taking the lead on how u.s. will respond to iran's threats and that's because the u.s. is israel's strongest ally and iran could have a nuclear weapon to use in the next few months and they believe it could not happen for another year which could form more peace talks. he wants to talk about peace. >> to speak directly to the people of israel and to neighbors... >> reporter: the president is meeting with israel and the two will hold a news conference. live in washington kyla campbell ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> the 15-year-old girl from pakistan who was shot in the head by the taliban because she fought for the rights of women now has a new school to go to. she is attending school in birmingham england. last october she was shot by a taliban who shot her in the head who claims she was promoting western thinking. she said she wants all girls to have the basic opportunities to go to school. >>> a group of nine-year-olds in berkeley has been talking to their friends via skype. hi
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and bet washington nationals could come to -- bet -- prime minister benjamin netanyahu said president barack obama is taking the lead on how u.s. will respond to iran's threats and that's because the u.s. is israel's strongest ally and iran could have a nuclear weapon to use in the next few months and they believe it could not happen for another year which could form more peace talks. he wants to talk about peace. >> to speak directly to the people of israel and to neighbors... >> reporter: the president is meeting with israel and the two will hold a news conference. live in washington kyla campbell ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> the 15-year-old girl from pakistan who was shot in the head by the taliban because she fought for the rights of women now has a new school to go to. she is attending school in birmingham england. last october she was shot by a taliban who shot her in the head who claims she was promoting western thinking. she said she wants all girls to have the basic opportunities to go to school. >>> a group of nine-year-olds in berkele
president and joint tpheus conference with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. a stalled peace process with the palestinians, there's a lot to talk about. peter alexander live in tel aviv. peter, what are we expecting today? >> reporter: well, he's got a busy trip, though it's not a very long one. we're in the city of jerusalem. bill, you can see on this gorgeous day, the old city of jerusalem, holy city. a senior administration official giving advice on the issue said this provides the opportunity for a reset between the relationship that the u.s. has with israel. in many ways this trip will be more about symbolism, though, than it is about substance. here they are billing as the unbreakable alliance. a little bit later today the president will meet with prime minister netanyahu. the will focus on the iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. they set low expectations in terms of any new progress in terms of the peace process between the israelis and palestinians. consider this a charm offensive of its own. listen to some of the statistics. a poll in israel recently showed, brian, 40% of isr
society. >> today the president will meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu at about noon eastern. his trip will also include the west bank, and jordan. >>> the marines have now widened the ban on ammunition related to monday's deadly training explosion in nevada. it happened at hawthorne army depot. seven marines were killed. and several others were injured. officials say the cause of the blast was a 60 millimeter round that detonated inside a mortar tube. in a statement, the marines said, quote, a blanket suspension of the 60 millimeter mortars and associated tubes is now in effect until this review is complete. >>> in a bizarre and highly offensive scene in an ohio courtroom as a judge handed 18-year-old t.j. lane three life sentences for last year's shooting at chardon high school. three students were killed and three others were wounded. first, lane unbuttoned his shirt, revealing a t-shirt with the word "killer" written on it. when given the chance to address the court, lane made an obscene gesture at the victims' families and spoke to them briefly using explicit lan
a moment. first, praise for and thanks to president obama from the prime minister of israel, benjamin netanyahu, for continued support. president said there's time for diplomacy in talks with iran over nuclear weapons. the president says he'll do anything necessary to keep iran from getting the bomb then prime minister netanyahu says he's convince president obama is determined to keep iran from getting the bomb, no daylight between the two of them on that. president obama says there's, quote, not a lot of daylight between the united states and israel on their assessments of iran's nuclear progress. they're about a year from getting a bomb if they want it. the prime minister echoed those statements, agreeing with that. so of all of this talk of division between the two and problems behind the scenes, none of that evident today. very little daylight. ed henry is traveling with the president and is live in jerusalem. a lot of talk about the reports of chemical weapons being used in syria and the definition of chemical weapons varies between ours here and there's over there. >> it does. t
that benjamin netanyahu wants to act. i think he wants to make iran in large part our responsibility because it is, in our interests, to prevent iran from acquiring not just the weapons but the capacity to produce the weapon. so i think, for a war-time president who frankly has done more at least to extricate america from two wars it could not possibly win where the standard for victory was never, could we win but when could we leave i think it is unfair to prejudge him so early on. jon: ambassador bolton, take on some of those points. >> well, it is not prejudging him. look what he has done in his first four years. he is so desperate to avoid using military force that we have on the table right now, the latest in a long succession of diplomatic offers to iran which if the iranians simply milk a little bit more out of the europeans and the white house, i think there will be prepared to accept, that will in effect legitimatize the iranian nuclear weapons program. it will legitimatize their uranium enrichment, contrary to six years of u.n. security council sanctions, we have a position that is
. in the meantime, president obama is expected to arrive in israel later today to meet with prime minister benjamin netanyahu on a broad range of security issues. it's the first time he's visited the country as president and only the second time he's been to the middle east since taking office. we are joined now from jerusalem. what's the mood there ahead of this visit? >> hi there, kelly. both israelis and palestinians aren't expecting much from president obama's visit. the obama administration made it clear that it's a listening tour and he'll speak to israeli and palestinian officials to get the lay of the land of where they see the future of the region but that being said, secretary of state john kerry is also here at the moment in jerusalem. he will be making these meetings and these rounds as well. he'll stay in the region after president obama leaves. he'll come back to jerusalem, speak to israeli officials about possibly starting peace talks -- starting peace talks again to find resolution when it comes to israeli/palestinian issue. it will be interesting to see what president obama says to
minister benjamin netanyahu where he will reiterate the united states is preventing iran from getting a nuclear bomb. he will discuss means of maintaining civil war. he will fly to the west bank where he will have separate talks with palestinian president mahmoud abbas. >>> the ambassador going on the record to discuss what he thinks is the reason behind the president's trip. >> i think it allows president obama to check the box that he finally made it to israel. it's significant it comes after the american election. he goes to israel on his terms while the visit will be heavy with symbolism and opportunities this is a rare trip in which the substance of the visit will be divorced from the symbolism. i don't think there will be any fence mending on this trip. president obama comes with two messages one make more concessions to the palestinians and two don't think about attacking iran's nuclear weapons program. if people could hear the conversation that president obama and prime minister netanyahu are about to have i think the 10 percent rating would be even lower. oo a oo this morning
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in the middle east, here is what he had to say when greeted by benjamin netanyahu. it's in our fundamental security interest to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger and more prosperous and makes the world a better place. >> so question is, what exactly is the president hoping to accomplish in israel. here now we republican former u.s. ambassador and dan senor the coauthor of start up nation. joining me here on set for the hour, ryan grim, huff post washington bureau chief, and tony frato, former white house deputy press secretary. welcome to one and all, if i may go to you first, ambassador, there's all this media chatter that i'm reading today that president obama the not know what he wants to do and he has no agenda. it's said that he was the first u.s. president to visit israel as a tourist. okay, do you feel that obama has no agenda items at all as the middle east is unraffivaling in >> -- unraveling? >> no, he has a real agenda, to introduce himself to the people of israel as a friend. everything that he said says that, that he has their back, that he will be in the trenches w
with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who is worried serious chemical weapons could wind up in the hands of terrorists or anti israeli extremists like hezbollah. mr. obama is stressing he is skeptical that they used chemical weapons and cautioned that the u.s. is still investigating claims that syrian president use them, the president a bushel when israeli reporter suggested that the u.s. has been sitting on its hands. >> is incorrect for you to say that we have been nothing. we have helped to mobilize the isolation of the regime internationally. we have supported and recognized the opposition. >> except the president for said that in 85 days were numbered 19 days ago. last summer he warned of potential u.s. force. >> are red line for us is, we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. that would change my calculus. >> reporter: back in washington a top republican charge the administration's policy has been addressed. >> the obama administration saw a reformer. once the revolt started, they backed u.n. diplomacy. then they bet on moscow
fences with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu after the two leaders sparred over expansion of jewish settlements and areas claimed by the palestinians. on the trip mr. obama will head to the palestinian authority for a meeting with president mahmoud abbas. >> this reflects a deep commitment by president obama to see the limitation of the two state solution. >> reporter: not everyone there is happy the president is coming. some protesters in bethlehem burned ape poster of mr. obama. the president rounds off his trip with a stop in jordan for a meeting g meeting. administration officials have set low expectations for the trip saying there will be no major announcements of a breakthrough in the israeli-palestinian peace process. >>> the mayor of kansas city missouri, was in the middle of delivering his state of the city address when a man shoved him, and grabbed the microphone. he managed to shout obscenities, slammed the mayor before police tackled him out. eyewitnesses say he scuffled with the officers for ten minutes backstage before he was finally escor
minister benjamin netanyahu and shimon peres in tel aviv. we will follow the president's schedule throughout the morning with you 33 minutes after the hour now here on the full court press this wednesday morning. coming to you live from our nation's capitol brought to you today by the utility workers' union of north america. the good men and women of the utility workers union under president michael languagenord. find out about their good work at wua.net. turn the lights on and thank a utility worker for it. talking about harry reid making theun latthe unilateral decision he wasn't going to allow it to come to a vote on the floor. one man, dictatorial executive decision, thwarting the will of at least 57% of the american people. no wonder people don't like washington. you know seriously, i mean it's so apparent that we've got to do something about this gun safety measure, these gun safety measures and this whole issue of protecting our kids. it's so apparent that the nra speaks only for the gun manufacturers and not for the american people. who does h
benjamin netanyahu there, that they reportedly have an icy relationship, but perhaps this will help mend some fences between those two. it has been said that the president is not there to try to forward the peace process officially, but he is just making basically an appearance there and talking directly to the israeli people. >> steve: the problem for the president right now is the israeli people for the most part don't trust him because they don't trust him to take care of iran, which wants to blow up the jewish state. >> brian: right. but also you have to look at netanyahu who is having trouble of his on. he just put together a government this week, last week. they wanted to get that done before he got here and they got to talk number one about iran, number two about iran. and i think syria has to come up and i think they have to be worried about hezbollah to their right. >> alisyn: they need each other. the president, president obama and benjamin netanyahu need each other. we need to have a good relationship between these two countries. netanyahu famously was close to mitt romney. th
re-election. tomorrow he'll met with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. topping the agenda, iran's nuclear ambitions. on thursday the president will tour the west bank and meet with mahmoud abbas, president of the palestinian authority. then friday it's on to jordan for meetings with king abdullah before returning back to washington on saturday. we'll be right back. >>> welcome back to "hardball." of all the ways the iraq war was sold to the american people under false pretense, one of the most galling was we could win this war on the cheap both in lives and in treasure. a new report from brown university, the cost of war study, proves just how wrong that early promise was. the cost in lives was of course overwhelming and far more than predicted. in total, more than 190,000 people lost their lives due to the war. 70% of them were iraqi civilians. that's 190,000 people dead. to give you an idea of the enormity of that number, enough people died in that war to fill yankee stadium. there it is. every seat of that stadium four times. and the cost of the iraq war was the other c
benjamin netanyahu. along with hundreds of guests and vips. before he left the airport, president obama was shown an area displaying israeli air defenses including the so-called iron dome. then the motorcade saided to jerusalem where the pred will have a little down time before meetings today. our own chuck todd is in jerusalem. he joins me now. chuck, looks like to be a rather pleasant day at least weather-wise. what is going on in the holy land? >> well, mr. russert, it is unbelievable weather here greeting the president. pretty much a perfect spring day, if you will here in the holy land. what was interesting is the first thing the president said as he got off and there were microphones everywhere, i don't think he knew he was on, he said it's good to be away from congress. also that chitchat as making his way through shaking hands with various dignitaries, he and netanyahu were heard joking about difficulties in the budget process that both leaders are having in each of their countries. but, look, this event, you set it up well. this trip is heavy on symbolism, going to be somewhat
. >> thank you very much, everybody. >> president obama and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu just wrapping up their pros conference in jerusalem. let's get right to andrea mitchell who is there with more on what with we just heard. andrea, lots of ground covered today. >> a lot of ground covered. i think what you saw at the end there was the beginning of a new relationship. if you can think back it kato casablanca, perhaps. the president calling netanyahu bb. you did not hear netanyahu calling the president barak. pointing out the president has committed to talks on a new extension of their long-term military engagement. you heard netanyahu saying if you get to know the president the way i have gotten to know him, communicating to the israeli people polling very negatively on barack obama that there is more to obama than has been previously understood and clearly both sides were at fault in how much they got off on the wrong foot. we saw our own chuck todd getting in four questions, not just the one permitted. well, it is almost passover and it is almost a jewish joke that you ask
trappings of a state visit. joking with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu that it was good to get away from congress the president reaffirmed what he called the unbreakable bond between the two nations. a sentiment that was roundly reciprocated. >> the people of islam welcome you with open heart. we deeply appreciate your friendship and we share your hope that the middle east will enjoy a future freedom, prosperity, and peace. >> i'm confident in declaring that our alliance is eternal. it is forever. >> and while relations between the president and prime minister have been described as tense, to say the least, on this trip the two appeared down right chummy. at this afternoon's joint presser the two of them even teamed up to take on the man now forever to be known as nbc's encouraincorrigible political d. >> another question i had for you is -- >> chuck, how many have you got? do you guys do this in the israeli press? you say you get one question? you see how the young lady from channel 1, she had one question? she was very well behaved, cluck? >> this is not a kosher question, bu
wrapped up a news conference with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu in jerusalem and as you'll see from this clip things are off to a chummy start for two leaders with legendary limited affection from one another. >> i want to express a special thanks to sarah as well as your two sons for their warmth and hospitality. it was wonderful to see them. they are -- i did inform the prime minister that they are very good looking young men who clearly got their looks from their mother. >> well, i can say the same of your daughters. >> this is true. >> even before the president's arrival the consensus among israelis, palestinians, and even white house officials was that this visit will not do anything concrete to move the peace process forward, so we can't help but ask, what's the point? let's try to get some perspective from cnn's jessica yellin who is live in jerusalem. jessica, were there any surprises from the president at the press conference today? >> reporter: well, i think, jake, the president was especially forceful in his expression of support for israel's security. he used
minister benjamin netanyahu. cnn's john king is in jerusalem this morning. john, this is president obama's first trip to israel. how delicate, how pivotal is this visit? >> reporter: well, carol, it is fascinating. i've been here in the past with president clinton, with president george w. bush, now president obama. in the past the israeli-palestinian conflict is always at the top of the agenda but given the event in this complicated neighborhood that is now more complicated and confused than ever, the israeli-palestinian conflict is down on the list. the president wants to share information and get information from his israeli counterparts about what's going on in syria. did the government in syria use chemical weapons against its own people. that's a big question. obviously the nuclear showdown with iran. the presidentister wants assurance if that diplomacy doesn't bear fruit that the president of the united states is prepared to put the military option on the table. and, yes, the president did say he wants to have peace in the holy land and he will make that a priority. no accident th
in a little area in the southwest. the president is meeting today with benjamin netanyahu and the capital city of damascus is located here. the entire region has been in focus including the country of jordan. if the civil war spreads into other borders or nato or u.s. lead some action in syria based on the reporting we're getting now. we're working this all for you throughout the day. we'll keep it as factual as we can as long as headlines warrant. four minutes past the hour. martha: this fox news alert for you now. police are searching for a suspect who shot and killed the state's prison director in colorado. police say 58-year-old tom clemons was killed at his home last night. he was appointed as head of colorado department of corrections in 2011 after spending 30 years working in the missouri prison system. we'll have a report for the search for his killer. awful story coming out of the colorado. that in the next hour. bill: we'll watch that manhunt. investigators are trying to figure out what caused a deadly explosion at the sprawling military base at hawthorne, nevada. it happened monday
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